Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Sachin Gore, Owner
Welcome, I'm Sachin! I love teaching kids math because I feel math is such an important life skill and I know that many students find math to be frustrating and confusing. Using math to solve engineering and business problems was key to success in my own career. While math came relatively easy to me, our son struggled to "get" math and I struggled to teach it to him in a way that made sense until we discovered Mathnasium!
I went to Penn State University (Go Nittany Lions!) where I majored in Mechanical Engineering. After completing my BS and MS degrees, I went on to work at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI and Andersen Windows in Bayport, MN. While at Andersen, I completed my MBA online at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
In my professional career, I am proud to be the inventor of several new products that received patents. In addition to living and working in the St. Croix Valley with my wife and son, I enjoy teaching personal finance, business, and entrepreneurship in K-12 classrooms as a Junior Achievement volunteer. I am also on the board of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association (SCVAA) and mentor high school students through Rotary's STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) program.
Amanda Hannasch, Center Director
Hi there, I’m Amanda! I love being able to work with students and helping them succeed, in both math and life. My favorite part about teaching math is seeing the “light bulb” moment; the moment that they finally understand the concepts that they are working on, and then being able to breeze through their work. It’s very rewarding to be able to be a part of that success!
I grew up in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and am an alumnus of Stillwater Area High School. I went to Iowa State University for 3 years studying Chemical Engineering before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, to study mathematics. I am currently a senior, just finishing up my degree. In addition to my studies and job, I love to volunteer through Junior Achievement (JA) and Strive Mentoring. I also love reading, being outside when it's warm out, and spending time with my German Shepard mix puppy!
Shad Vork, Math Coach
Hi, I’m Shad. While my bachelor’s degree is in Chemistry, I did a math minor simply because I enjoyed it so much. I tutored math throughout college but went in an altogether different direction for a career. In the past few years, I tutored a couple of family members in high school math and ACT prep. Through this time, I remembered how much I love math as well as seeing others learn it.
My other interests include playing trombone with Stillwater’s Valley Concert Winds, playing games with my family and studying the Bible.
Tyler LaGrave, Math Coach
Hi, I'm Tyler, and I absolutely love teaching math! After graduating from Stillwater Area High School in 2004, I earned a bachelor's degree in physics with a minor in astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Mathematical rigor was naturally integral to my undergraduate studies, but I also bring to Mathnasium more than a decade of experience in private tutoring and a positive zeal for helping students of all skill levels reach their true potential.
Besides math, I also love the theology and music of the Reformation, and I am working toward ordination in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. My wife and I are blessed with four children ages five and under who keep us on our toes. We are big supporters of the classical model of education, speak German about 30% of the time at home, and love cooking (and eating!) international cuisine.
Michael Fronzcak, Math Coach Intern
Hi, I'm Michael.
I'm currently a junior at Stillwater Area High School. My favorite part about working at Mathnasium is helping kids get better and improve in math.
Outside of Mathnasium, I run cross country and track at Stillwater, and enjoy playing hockey in the winter season.
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